Audrey Brown PhD Dissertation: Interview with Bessie Rivers Grayson

Object Details

Creator
Brown, Audrey
American University (Washington, D.C.)
Scope and Contents
Interviewed in in her home in Huntsville, AL., Bessie Rivers Grayson (born 1925 AL) spoke about her early life, family, and education as well as the individuals who most influenced her. She explained how she identifies herself. Grayson expressed her thoughts on ethnicity and how ethnic identification affected her life; her thoughts on black community, empowerment, independence, and self-determination; and her thoughts on identifying the black community as one group or many different groups. She stated groups/affiliations she belongs to/activities she is involved in, any social activism work, and how she stays in touch with African Americans and the African American community, including publications, websites, other communication/media, conferences, and celebrations/events. She explained how emphasizing African descent in one's appearance relate to social change in America. Grayson talked about the accuracy of African American history and how African American people, particularly African American women, are portrayed. She explained how knowing history influences what is happening now and in the future; where women fit in in terms of passing on history; and what African American women can accomplish personally in their everyday lives to affect change. Grayson described what she would change, what she would build, and what she would eliminate with unlimited power and/or resources.
Interview. Part of Audrey Brown PhD Dissertation Interviews 1997-1998. Dated 19980628.
Date
1998
Extent
1 Sound recording (audio cassette)
Type
Archival materials
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic
African Americans
African American women
Women
Ethnicity
Social action
Social change
Political science
African American political activists
Activists
African American history
Place
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Citation
Audrey Brown PhD Dissertation: Interview with Bessie Rivers Grayson, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier
ACMA.09-016, Item ACMA AV000192_A
Local Numbers
ACMA AV000192_B
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